Civitas Poll: Perdue and Obama Numbers Down among NC Voters

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Raleigh, N.C. – Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s job approval numbers are at 43 percent among North Carolina voters, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.  The poll also found that voters disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President.

This is a slight 2 percent drop in Perdue’s job approval rating since January when 45 percent of voters said they approved of the job she is doing as Governor.  Forty-eight percent said they disapprove – up 3 percent – and 9 percent said they are undecided or do not know.

“The Governor’s job approval ratings remain mired in the range where they have been most of her time in office,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.  “Her resistance to working with the new majority in the General Assembly to fix the budget crisis, along with two vetoes, has not boosted voter sentiment in her favor.”

President Obama’s job approval rating among voters also dropped 3 percent (47 percent approve – 50 percent disapprove) since February. Numbers among the various registration categories remained largely unchanged except unaffiliated voters whose approval of Obama’s job performance dropped 5 percent to a 50 percent – 46 percent margin.  This poll was conducted before the imposition of the no fly zone in Libya.

The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling see

Full text of question:

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Bev Perdue is doing as Governor?”

Total Approve – 43%

Total Disapprove – 48%

Strongly Approve – 8%

Somewhat Approve – 35%

Somewhat Disapprove – 18%

Strongly Disapprove – 30%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 9%

“Do you approve or disapprove of the job that Barack Obama is doing as President of the United States?”

Total Approve – 47%

Total Disapprove – 50%

Strongly Approve – 26%

Somewhat Approve – 20%

Somewhat Disapprove – 12%

Strongly Disapprove – 38%

Undecided/Don’t Know – 3%

Click here for full results and crosstabs.

This poll of 600 registered general election voters in North Carolina was conducted March 14-16 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ.  All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered voters in North Carolina.  For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 600 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every person in North Carolina who had voted in two of the past four general elections or were newly registered to vote since 2008.


This article was posted in Press Releases by Katie Trout on March 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

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    Bill May 18, 2011 at 21:11

    Governor Perdue and President Obama have been exactly the kind of leaders I elected them to be. I will vote for them and I will campaign for them in NC for this coming election.

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